Lightnings at Rangers, and contest do-over, tonight

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The contest is now open. I strongly suggest you scroll to the previous thread to read all the rules carefully so you don’t disqualify yourself. Only entries in this thread will count. The contest closes when “It’s Go Time!” is posted tonight around 6:30. DO NOT DREAM OF ENTERING TWICE.

The winner, assuming there is one this time, gets two tickets from our generous donor, to the Feb. 19 game against Columbus.

Good luck.

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Thursday, Feb. 9, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden — New York, NY
Rangers: 33-13-5 (71 pts)
Lightning: 23-24-5 (51 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Feb. 7

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG Network; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio), to conclude their three-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 33-13-5 (71 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the New Jersey Devils, 1-0, on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 16-5-1 in their last 22 games. New York has posted a record of 30-10-3 since Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark. The Lightning enter the contest with a 23-24-5 (51 pts) record to rank 12th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost two of their last three games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Wells Fargo Center (1:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back weekend set.

RANGERS vs. LIGHTNING:
* All-Time: 38-29-5-6 overall (21-13-2-4 at home; 17-16-3-2 on the road)
* 2011-12: Tonight is the third of four meetings this season, and the second and final at Madison Square Garden. New York is 1-0-1 overall (0-0-1 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) following a 3-2 shootout loss on Dec. 8 at MSG. The Rangers have out-scored the Lightning, 6-4, in two games, including a 3-1 advantage in the third period. The Blueshirts have held the Lightning scoreless in five shorthanded situations, and have tallied one shorthanded goal in the season series. Artem Anisimov leads the Rangers in scoring with two goals and three points, while Brad Richards and Derek Stepan have recorded a team-high, two assists and three points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-0-1 with a 1.92 GAA and .930 Sv% in the series.
* Last Season: New York was 0-2-2 overall (0-1-1 at home; 0-1-1 on the road). Each of the four contests were decided by two goals or less, including three that were separated by one goal and two that required extra time. The Blueshirts notched two shorthanded goals in the series, from Brian Boyle and Brandon Prust. Derek Stepan led the Rangers with two goals and three points in the season series, while Boyle tallied a team-high, two assists and three points. Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 0-2-2 with a 2.97 GAA and .891 Sv% in four games.
* The Rangers are 8-3-3 in their last 14 games against the Lightning
* Each of their last six meetings were decided by two goals or less, including four that were separated by one goal and three that required extra time
* Henrik Lundqvist has started each of the last 26 games against Tampa Bay, dating back to Nov. 10, 2005
* New York ranks ninth with a 16-6-2 (34 pts) record at home; Tampa Bay ranks 26th with an 8-16-3 (19 pts) mark on the road
* The Rangers are 10-2-1 vs. the Southeast Division; the Lightning are 5-7-0 vs. the Atlantic Division
* New York lists three former Lightning on their roster: Steve Eminger (2008-09); Ruslan Fedotenko (2002-03 – 2006-07); Brad Richards (2000-01 – 2007-08)
* Tampa Bay lists three former Rangers on their roster: Matt Gilroy (2009-10 – 2010-11); Adam Hall (2006-07); Dominic Moore (2003-04 – 2005-06)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. LIGHTNING:
* Henrik Lundqvist — 26 GP, 14-7-5, 2.09 GAA, 2 SO
* Martin Biron — 19 GP, 10-7-2-0, 2.66 GAA
* Marian Gaborik — 13 GP, 7-6-13
* Ruslan Fedotenko — 22 GP, 8-2-10
* Brad Richards — 5 GP, 2-6-8
* Marc Staal — 15 GP, 3-4-7

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Blueshirts penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in 14 of the last 18 games (46-50, 92.0% over the span), and is 71-79 (89.9%) with five shorthanded goals in the last 27 contests. The Rangers are tied for fourth in the NHL with six shorthanded goals. The Blueshirts have posted a record of 16-1-2 in games when tallying a power play goal, and are 24-6-2 when not allowing a power play goal.
* Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in three power play attempts (6:00) on Tuesday vs. New Jersey. New York is tied for 27th overall (23-176, 13.1%) and 17th at home (15-94, 16.0%). The Rangers are 2-12 (8:51) in five-on-three situations (last – 12/23 vs. PHI), and 1-6 (8:52) when four-on-three (last – 2/1 at BUF). Shorthanded goals allowed (3): 12/5 vs. TOR (Steckel); 12/8 vs. TBL (Moore); 12/17 at PHX (Korpikoski).
* Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Devils in four power play attempts (4:54) on Tuesday at MSG. New York ranks fifth overall (149-171, 87.1%) and seventh at home (64-74, 86.5%). The Rangers are 6-7 (4:07) in three-on-five situations (last – 2/1 at BUF), and 1-2 (1:39) when three-on-four (last – 2/1 at BUF). Shorthanded goals for (6): 10/20 at CGY (Prust); 12/8 vs. TBL (Anisimov); 12/10 at BUF (Hagelin); 12/10 at BUF (Callahan); 12/20 at NJD (Hagelin); 1/6 at PIT (Dubinsky).
* Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Tuesday vs. New Jersey. The Rangers are plus-four in 52 four-on-four situations (96:29), and even in one three-on-three situation (0:01). Four-on-four goals for (4): 10/18 at VAN (Gaborik); 10/20 at CGY (McDonagh); 10/27 vs. TOR (Girardi); 1/2 vs. FLA (Gaborik). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

BACK-TO-BACKS
The Rangers have played eight of 14 scheduled back-to-back sets this season. New York has posted a record of 6-0-2 (3-0-0 at home, 3-0-2 on the road) in the first game of the set, and are 6-1-1 (4-0-0 at home, 2-1-1 on the road) in the second game. Since 2009-10, New York is 27-9-3 in the second game of back-to-backs, with a 13-3-1 mark at MSG and 14-6-2 on the road over the span. Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 56 times in his career, posting a record of 35-14-7 with a 1.82 GAA, .935 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game. The Rangers’ next back-to-back set is Feb. 11 at Philadelphia and Feb. 12 vs. Washington.

HOME SWEET HOME
The Rangers’ 16-6-2 (34 pts) mark at MSG is their best start at home through 24 games since 1995-96 (18-2-4, 40 pts).

FAMILIAR FORUM
The Rangers’ 4-2 win at Tampa Bay on Dec. 3 marked the first return visit to the St. Pete Times Forum for Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella, and forwards Brad Richards and Ruslan Fedotenko, as members of the same organization since they won the 2004 Stanley Cup Championship as members of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Fedotenko notched the Blueshirts’ first goal of the contest, and Richards registered two points (one goal, one assist) to record his first win in Tampa as a member of an opposing team. In 2003-04, Tortorella guided the Lightning to a franchise record 46 wins and 106 points to win the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach. Richards led the league with 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 23 playoff contests to capture the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP that season, and Fedotenko tallied both Lightning goals in their 2-1 Cup-clinching victory over Calgary in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

PLACE IN HISTORY
The Rangers’ .696 win% through 51 games is the team’s best start in 18 years, when the 1993-94 Blueshirts began the season with a 34-13-4 record (.706 win%), and is the fourth best start in franchise history. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

SHUTOUT KING
Henrik Lundqvist posted a career-high shutout streak of 182:33 from 19:11 of the second period on Jan. 21 at Boston to 12:02 of the second on Feb. 5 vs. Philadelphia. He posted shutouts in consecutive starts for the first time in his career, on Jan. 24 vs. Winnipeg (22 saves) and Feb. 1 at Buffalo (34 saves, 4-5 in the shootout), and passed Dave Kerr for second on the Rangers’ all-time shutouts list with 41 career shutouts. Lundqvist ranks seventh among active goalies in career shutouts, and is one of only two NHL goalies with 40 or more shutouts since 2005-06 (Martin Brodeur – 42). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

MEASURING UP
The Rangers rank among the NHL leaders in several statistical categories…
* T-2nd in points (71)
* 1st in win% (.696)
* T-2nd in wins (33)
* T-1st in regulation/overtime wins (30)
* 1st in fewest regulation losses (13)
* 1st in fewest goals against (99)
* 2nd in GAA (1.94)
* 1st in hits (1,508)
* 5th in blocked shots (850)
* T-3rd in +/- rating (plus-38)
* T-3rd in goal differential (plus-38)

QUICK HITS:
* This is the latest the Rangers have been in first place of the Eastern Conference standings since the 1995-96 season, when New York held the top position through games played on Mar. 15, 1996 (NYR game #68). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
* New York has registered at least one point in 33 of their last 43 games (30-10-3), dating back to Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark
* New York is 10-1-2 when leading after the first period and 20-0-2 when leading after the second
* The Rangers are tied for fifth in the league with a .231 win% when trailing after two periods (3-9-1), and their three third period comeback victories are tied for 10th in the NHL; New York has trailed entering the third period in 13 games this season, which is the fewest in the league
* New York leads the NHL with a .773 win% when out-shooting their opponent (17-5-0)
* The Rangers lead the league when scoring first, posting a 24-1-2 mark (.889 win%) in those contests; Their 24 wins are tied for second in the NHL

THE HOT LIST:
* Henrik Lundqvist is 4-1-0 with a 0.97 GAA, .963 Sv% and two shutouts in the last five games
* Lundqvist has allowed one goal or less in 11 of his last 19 games, and has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 27 games this season
* Martin Biron has held opponents to two or fewer goals in eight of his 12 starts this season
* Marian Gaborik has tallied nine points (three goals, six assists) in the last nine games
* Michael Del Zotto has tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in the last five games
* Brian Boyle has tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the last five games

MILESTONES APPROACHING:
* Artem Anisimov: 3 points from 100 NHL career
* Steve Eminger: 5 points from 100 NHL career

INJURIES:
* Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 27
Total Man-Games Lost: 163

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
* Feb. 2 — Assigned defenseman Jeff Woywitka and forward Wojtek Wolski to Connecticut (AHL) for a conditioning stint
* Feb. 3 — Acquired forward Casey Wellman from Minnesota in exchange for forward Erik Christensen and a conditional seventh round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft

 

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  1. billybleedsblue on

    Rangers 3, Lightning 1. GWG: Richards. Rangers shots: 24; Lightning: 27.

    Good luck; have fun!

  2. Staal Wart and the Overachievers on

    Rangers 3, Lighting 1 GWG Hagelin Ranger shots 27 Lighting shots 22

  3. iDoodie machetto on

    iDoodie machetto February 9th, 2012 at 8:10 am
    Rangers 1, Lightning 3. GWG: St. Louis. Rangers SOG: 26. Lightning SOG: 29

  4. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Rangers 5, Lightning 2. GWG: Stepan. Rangers shots: 30. Lightning shots: 25.

  5. @Great Idea, CT. Typing in Red will really help our conversation stand out from all the annoying predictions@

  6. Miami Pimp February 9th, 2012 at 8:21 am
    Rangers 4, Lightning 1. GWG: Prust. Rangers shots: 28. Lightning shots: 23.

    WHAT????? THOSE BUSH LEAGUE, OVERPAID LOSERS ARE GOING TO WIN TONIGHT ACCORDING TO THE PIMP???????

  7. @CCCP so you’re saying a player who’s rookie NHL season outstripped his NCAA shooting percentage is having a hard time replicating that success, now who would have thought that could have ever happened@

  8. I don’t know if it’s gross underperformance for the young guys but rather the inherent volatility in the production of young players. Certainly there’s Dubinsky that probably the most disappointing of the bunch, but guys ilke Stepan and AA might be 45-50 point guys at this point in their careers but a negative variance in their actual output was always going to be possible.

  9. Good morning all! I am implying a prediction that the Rangers will win, as will Sally, who will maybe next time think of passing on the tickets. To me.

  10. stranger nation on

    *Very hard for step to score when HE DOESN’T SHOOT. Shoot the puck Dereck, don’t worry , Gabby will get his.*

  11. True Blue Mike on

    Honestly, IMO — It is not under-performance, it is the way this team plays. No BS, Defense first, grind and capitalize on the other teams mistakes. Player’s like Richards, Dubinsky, Boyle aren’t under performing. They are actually playing very very well. They are playing Rangers hockey very very well. This team does not allow for much finesse or one-on-one. If you put Richards on Edmonton or Dubinsky on Edmonton they will start scoring. We are winning and that is all that matter’s. 1-0 or 10-9 — a win is a win. If the players in question start to play poor defensively, then we can say they are under performing. That is why I think the Rangers shouldn’t trade for any big name players. Zach Parise is who we need. Shea Weber would be another great fit. Dominic Moore or Shane Doan as well. But Ryan Smyth, Nash, Carter, Semin. I would stay away from this guys.

    This team will start to score more offense when and if they start getting more shots from the backend from players like MDZ, Stralman, Girardi and people like Dubinsky and Callahan start banging home rebounds.

    As for the power play — That is where we need to see some finesse. MDZ and Richards should be holding on to the puck and drawing people in close and then getting it to Gaborik for a shit and then Callahan and Dubinsky in front for rebounds.

    That is how I see it.

  12. stranger nation on

    *LB in NYP today has Bucky Richards contemplating his lack of production after an article how the rangers are favs to win the next championship in NYC* Seems like cross-purposes on that one.

    *True Blue – I definitely think richards has been passing like carcillo to Gabby on PP which is now a trickle. They do need to work hard to squeeze one out, but not sure how close to Gabby they should get, especially Dubi who has been playing like Carcillo.*

  13. True Blue Mike on

    If I was Torts, I would definitely try these lines.

    Stepan-Richards-Gaborik
    Dubinsky-AA-Callahan
    Fedetenko-Boyle-Hagelin
    Rupp-Mitchell-Prust

    I think something along those lines would definitely bring out more production from Dubinsky, AA and Callahan. It should be noted that Gaborik is going to score no matter what. Like I said before they signed Richards. Gaborik will score 40 without even playing with Richards and he is on pace for that. So put Richards up there and let him get a lot of minutes on that line. The pack line can get back to where they were last year and the bottom 6 won’t need to score much.

    I think this is all about confidence with Dubinsky — last year he would take the puck into the zone by himself and fend people off with his body. He isn’t doing that anymore because he doesn’t want to lose the puck. They have to stop worrying about making mistakes!

  14. If the Rangers lose again tonight, we can’t be doing these contests anymore. They have to end haha.

    Also, not sure who are basketball fans here, but I love how Linsanity is taking over. Seems like anything with “Lin” in the last name is taking over MSG between him and Carl “Swagelin” Hagelin. Loving it.

  15. #Red ilb., used to notice few sane people to talk to in a sea of exercised digits fantasy game for ghostly “carrot” of free prize.#

  16. True Blue:

    I like those lines – you have to play Richards with Gaborik again. There’s very little point in having him he’s not going to center the best forward on the team and as nice as Callahan is, the best offensive forward is still Gaborik.

    Only change I’d make is to swap Hagelin with Dubinsky

  17. @ I Think Derek is a setup guy and will always have way more assists than goals. I think that was his history in College as well. I am fine with that.@

  18. Yes, Manny. You can’t imagine how many Rangers fans I meet at MSG who tell me they read the blog every day but never comment … just laugh.

    and obviously there are still some people who can’t read directions … though fewer today than Tuesday.

  19. Carp, I don’t think you meant this to sound the way it did. This blog ain’t big enough for another pimp.

    *Carp February 8th, 2012 at 3:53 pm*

    I think one of you Boneheads should volunteer to drive up to Buffalo and pick her up, then take her home after the game.

  20. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    @YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!! Super Bowl Champs!! Twice at the expense of the *cheaters!!! Im rewatching the Sportscenter from February 5 following the game. I literally have over 200 hours from Super Bowl week that I have to enjoy in the coming months!! Life is excellent right now!@

  21. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    @Manny! Im still putting together the Winter Classic DVD Set for you and a few others. It’s 20 DVDs of coverage. Sorry for taking so long, Ive just been nervous and sick over the *patriots for the past couple months and unable to do much!@

  22. Carp, it’s okay. I thought it was pretty funny.

    Manny, that’s just the way my brain works.

    Tiki, tonight’s not good… maybe sometime over the weekend?

  23. now for my REAL PREDICTION:
    Bush-Leaguers 0, Lightning 9. GWG: Whomever plays in goal for Tampa Rangers shots: 0. Lightning shots: 50.

  24. Not going to lie I miss New York already. I need one more KATZ pastrami sandwich before I die :)

    Carp – spot on with the Devils review. Parise & Kovalchuk are scary good together. Everythime they took the ice they stole the momentum away from the Rangers. Sather should sign Parise ASAP, I truly feel he is THE player that makes us a Stanley Cup WINNER!!!

    Sorry I missed you on Sunday. I left you a ND “cow pie” did you get it?

  25. I’m sorry, too, Sioux. Glad you enjoyed your trip.

    I have no idea Lloyd. To me it’s harder to imagine Biron starting two of three than it is to imagine Lundqvist playing back to backs. After having tonight off, I don’t see why Lundqvist couldn’t start the next four. I’m sure he wants to play all four.

  26. Wicky©Hate the BCATHE, Love the Rupp on

    Morning ILB and all!!

    Boy, sure hope I win this time

    Rangers 1Lightning .3 GWG Messier Rangers shots tequila Lightning shots jello

  27. Carp:

    That would make sense – or at least for him to start the two against Washington and Tuesday against Boston. I just wonder about you know who sometimes.

  28. @I think that is about where they wanted him to finish, Lloyd. So I guess he has to keep taking a few off. I would imagine it’s Hank tonight, Hank Saturday and Biron Sunday and then back to Hank. He has to play the big games, right?@

  29. Rangers 4, Lighting 2. GWG: Callahan. Ranger shots 29, Lighting Shots 26

    Also, highly recommend reading Kerry Frasier’s interpretation of the end of the last game:

    “No matter who you are cheering for, this missed call had a major impact on the game and reinforces my call for video review by the referee on contact with the goalkeeper where a goal results. (Notice I said by the referee, not the situation room!)

    I have maintained this position ever since I attended a Leafs-Panthers game (Oct. 2010) in the ACC. Late in that game with the score tied, Colton Orr came out of the corner and ran over the Panthers goalkeeper as the shot came from the point. All officiating eyes were focused on the puck at that point in time.

    To add insult to injury, the puck hit Orr’s skate as he sprawled over the goalkeeper and was given credit for the game-winning goal. The end result to this play was the recommendation by Florida GM Dale Tallon to institute a coach’s appeal.

    If a “coach’s appeal” is too radical, let’s make contact with the goalie a reviewable situation; at least where a goal results or is being waved off. I can tell you firsthand just how difficult it is, in real time and with traffic going to the net, to determine intent (deliberate or incidental) or if any action by a defending player caused the contact to result on the goalkeeper. If the referee happens to be on the opposite side to where contact was initiated (as referee Dan O’Rouke was in this case), it is often next to impossible to get an accurate read on the play.

    That is exactly what happened last night in Madison Square Garden in the dying seconds of the game with the Devils leading 1-0. As the Rangers attacked the net, Marian Gaborik attempted a full blown stop with snow flying in front of Martin Brodeur.

    Initially, it might appear that Gaborik just ran out of real estate and crashed into Brodeur, which would result in a goalie interference penalty. From referee O’Rourke’s position, a little bit behind the goal line on the near side to Gaborik, that is exactly how it would appear to the ref in real time.

    As I saw the reverse look of the play, I noticed Gaborik’s left skate break from his natural stopping motion and slide marginally to the left, causing an unnatural fall into Brodeur with Anton Volchenkov exerting backdoor pressure on Gaborik from the opposite side.

    Upon closer inspection, we see that Volchenkov places his stick between the legs of Gaborik and the pressure exerted causes the NY Ranger to fall and crash into Brodeur. The clear evidence is seen when the players attempt to untangle themselves in the crease. Vochenkov’s stick blade can be found stuck in the plastic blade holder of Gaborik’s left skate!

    If anyone didn’t think the contact from the back side was significant to put Gaborik into Brodeur, Volchenkov’s stick placement should provide the smoking gun!

    What does all this mean? The Rangers certainly lost at least one point last night. Beyond that, it should highlight for you what I have known for years, ever since we had to deal with the ridiculous toe-in-the-crease standard that was rewritten into Rule 69 – Interference on the Goalkeeper. The refs need help with this call.

    While the present standard is much more sensible than dealing with Brett Hull’s toe-in-the-crease, it hasn’t made it much easier to the referees to enforce. In cases such as last night, it is even more difficult for the referee to determine how contact results.

    Is this type of play something that we want to see eliminate a team from playoff competition or result in the presentation of the Stanley Cup? I think not.

    I know how hard it is to determine these plays in real time. Give the referees the same benefit that you and I have to slow it down and look for the smoking gun.

    Place a monitor at the timekeeper’s bench where they already have a communication device and give them a second or third look to determine the legitimate scoring of a goal.

    After last night, John Tortorella just might agree with me.”

  30. Next time. It was a big chocolate turtle (the size of a small ND Cowpie) to go with your coffee at the game. I didn’t get a chance to hunt down the Prime Rib sandwich – the wife didn’t tell me we were going to sit in the Delta 360 club section. (Best wife in the WORLD) Seriously she kept it a secret the whole time, whose this Jaba Chamberlain guy anyway…. Ha.

  31. ****REVISION****

    Rangers 5, Lightning 3. GWG: Hagelin. Rangers shots: 29. Lightning shots: 34

  32. @Has anybody seen that article by Kerry Fraser? I can’t find it anywhere…

    Also, Katheryn Tappen….@

  33. That was linked yesterday, but thanks.

    who’s Kathryn Tappen?

    Only a few people have disqualified themselves today, including one recently.

  34. Man, to save time I copy pasted (and then edited GWG and shots of course) a person’s reply who went with the same score…I wish I chose one that wasn’t covered in spelling errors.

  35. @Kersplish – I like that misspelling. “Lighting” It’s like the Rangers are playing the lighting crew for MSG tonight.@

  36. Thanks Carp. Personally, I’m glad to see him get back in. Although, I do think Bickel has been decent and I hope they keep his size and toughness around for certain games.

  37. We call Eminger “Black Out” like the outrageous cake that used to be made by Ebingers, once the premier cakery bakery in Brooklyn. If he could only be as wonderful as that cake.

    For anyone interested, you can pick up a Black Out cake at ‘3 Little Red Hens’ bakery on 2nd Ave between 84th and 85th in Manhattan. They supposedly brought the rights to make it. Worth the trip and the taste.

  38. Here ya go Tony.

    I 1. Start out going west on W Washington St toward N 3rd Ave.

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    Christ Church Assembly of God is on the corner
    If you reach N 8th Ave you’ve gone a little too far

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    26. Welcome to BUFFALO, NY.
    Your destination is just past W Eagle St
    If you reach Niagara Sq you’ve gone a little too far

  39. LMAO, BANJ….

    Carp, I do not think the contest is fair…It now not only requires just a good vision, but also reading skills…

    Sally, I can’t believe you did not think of Mama…..Or CCCP….

  40. MickeyM (in stealth mode) on

    The heck with it, I’ll do it anyways”

    Rangers 3 Lightning 2. GWG:Gaborik. Rangers shots: 28 Lighting shots: 33

  41. LMAOBANJ! Tony, drive safe!

    ilb, I always think of those two! In my defense, the question was, “Would you use them?” *not* “Would you give them to someone awesome to use?” But hopefully one of these days we can all go to a game together and just solve that whole problem.

  42. C3, yeah you’re alright.

    ilb, actually, it’s Boyle’s fault so we should probably trade him.

  43. I think people who predicted Tampa to win should be automatically disqualified :-)

    Well, it looks like some will be anyway….

  44. Oh, ilb. 1,000% agree with you. If the Rangers don’t win the contest should be forgotten about entirely. Like it never existed.

  45. @I know this is long but I finally got Wicky’s cover letter applying for a job with my firm. I thought I would post it here:@

    ****************************

    Dear Sir or Madame:

    I am an ambitious undergraduate at NYU triple majoring in Mathematics, Economics, and Computer Science. I am a punctual, personable, and shrewd individual, yet I have a quality which I pride myself on more than any of these.

    I am unequivocally the most unflaggingly hard worker I know, and I love self-improvement. I have always felt that my time should be spent wisely, so I continuously challenge myself; I left Villanova because the work was too easy. Once I realized I could achieve a perfect GPA while holding a part-time job at NYU, I decided to redouble my effort by placing out of two classes, taking two honors classes, and holding two part-time jobs. That semester I achieved a 3.93, and in the same time I managed to bench double my bodyweight and do 35 pull-ups.

    I say these things only because solid evidence is more convincing than unverifiable statements, and I want to demonstrate that I am a hard worker. J.P. Morgan is a firm with a reputation that precedes itself and employees who represent only the best and rightest in finance. I know that the employees in this firm will push me to excellence, especially within the Investment Banking division. In fact, one of the supporting reasons I chose Investment Banking over any other division was that I know it is difficult. I hope to augment my character by diligently working for the professionals at Morgan Stanley, and I feel I have much to offer in return.

    I am proficient in several programming languages, and I can pick up a new one very quickly. For instance, I learned a years worth of Java from NYU in 27 days on my own; this is how I placed out of two including: Money and Banking, Analysis, Game Theory, Probability and Statistics. Even further, I am taking Machine Learning and Probabilistic Graphical Modeling currently, two programming courses offered by Stanford, so that I may truly offer the most if I am accepted. I am proficient with Bloomberg terminals, excellent with excel, and can perform basic office functions with terrifying efficiency. I have plenty of experience in the professional world through my internship at Merrill Lynch, and my research assistant position at NYU. In fact, my most recent employer has found me so useful that he promoted me to a Research Assistant and an official CTED intern. This role is usually reserved for Masters students, but my employer gave the title to me so that he could give me more work.

    Please realize that I am not a braggart or conceited, I just want to outline my usefulness. Egos can be a huge liability, and I try not to have one.

    Thank you so much for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best,

    Mark

  46. Rangers 3, Lighting 2, GWG Calahan, rangers 19 shots, lighting 23 shots

    Biron with an assist on a gaborik goal 7min into the first…LGR!!

  47. Fat Guy in A Little Coat on

    Rangers 3, Lightning 1. GWG: DelZotto Rangers shots: 31 Lightning shots: 25

  48. I’ll be there too, ilb.

    If I get there early enough I’ll let you know on the blog and maybe I can meet you and Carp…

  49. Not sure if I was one of the disqualified ones for my spelling error so I’m reposting (numbers are same):

    Rangers 4, Lightning 2
    GWG: Callahan
    Rangers shots 29
    Lightning shots 26

  50. If he’s not injured, Rangers will probably see a bit of Gilroy in action. He’s not a goal scorer on this team
    ( he has had a few,) but he’s basically playing a conservative honest right defense. If they get a PP and he and Stamkos are on ice together…watch it. He will run in on rare occasions when it’s a better than 50 50 chance he’ll get caught, but he has the speed to get back and recover very very quickly. And he has set up Stamkos on several occasions with long range and perfectly placed passes which led directly to goals. Stamkos is deadly in the attacking zone.
    Gilroy is obviously comfortable on right D, and he plays the position very well….you’ll see him rove all over the place on a heavy attack by Rangers, but his speed allows him to take chances now and then.

    The Bolt’s defense is not the greatest, but most of their D problems stem from the goalkeepers. Big problem there.

    They broadcast most of their games down here and I’ve had opportunity to see them a lot.

  51. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    Rangers 7 Lightning 2…GWG Mitchell….Rangers shots 35 Lightening shots 27

  52. Lightning 5
    Rangers 2

    GWG – Malone

    Lightning Shots – 26
    Rangers Shots – 34

    – Just got a feeling that we’re due for a stinker

  53. Just to be clear, the “Evan” at 3:44pm is a different person than the one who posted multiple times earlier in the day.

  54. @I Agree with Sally. I have been putting my posts in red all day so they stand out from the predictions. It’s like my own thread within a thread. I got the idea from CT.@

  55. The next ticket contest should only be announced within the comments rather than as a blog post just to see how many readers-not-commenters enter then.

    Thanks, CCCP.

  56. LW, Carp should just email the cool kids with totally irrelevant instructions and let us duke it out among ourselves. Prust sayin…

    Manny, are we being creative and gender fabulous with our pronouns today?

  57. stranger nation on

    *repost*

    Rangers 4 Lightning 2; GWG: Hagelin; SOG: Rangers 28 Lightning 26

    I also dreamed about entering twice last night so I guess I am doubly screwed

  58. stranger nation on

    Will there be any Downie revenge smack down after the last game when he came off the bench (legal now I guess) joined Artie ‘Rifleman’ scrum. Prusty owes him a beating…

  59. stranger nation on

    did the Gomez 1 year anniversary pass yet? McD should send him a get well soon card.

  60. I still wish we had an “Oglethorpe” type player to mete out extreme punishment to those who deserve it…

  61. because i’m so damn superstitious
    i’m going to be against the Rangers
    in the hope that i’ll be wrong
    twisted i know but i have
    very low expectations on
    coming up with the right score anyway so…

  62. iWicky (Leeloo Dallas mul-ti-pass) on

    I’m making my prediction of……

    I will be working and have to dvr the game!!!

    Winner winner chicken dinner!!!!

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